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The predevelopment assistance partnership played an instrumental role in pulling the community together and rebuilding the relationships needed to integrate the vision of those who wanted the hotel and the development and those who wanted to preserve the immediate area in its current condition. “After the failed vote to utilize part of the adjacent park, we have worked through our Public Spaces Commission and a small citizen group to plan improvements to the adjacent park that will benefit both the park and the hotel,” Dye said. “This end result will create a new public space for both visitors of the hotel and the residents of Allegan to enjoy.” Dye worked with the League and the MEDC to pivot, bringing in a second developer and securing the funding needed to transform the project into

an economic benefit as well as a local win. The development is now employing its Community Revitalization Program grant, awarded by the MEDC, to bring the project to fruition. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2023. Allegan has also been able to collaborate with local property owners and the state to revitalize the second floors of existing buildings into residential units. Since 2018, there have been 16 new units successfully established with two more in progress. Alongside the development of second story residential spaces, Dye has observed the revitalization of numerous downtown buildings.

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